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Proud Heritage: 11001 Names for Your African-American Baby Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1994
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"If you are determined to give your baby son a name that is different and distinctive, consider this: Among his peers, six-month-old James Lewis Lipford may have the most uncommon first name of all." --no source given
I especially liked the quotes that are given at the beginning of each section! I think people of different ethnic groups having distinctive names makes things more interesting for everyone. Hearing African names throughout the day might get people to think about race, and examine their attitudes about those who are different rather than just assuming everyone is the same and comes from the same background. African personal names highlight that African Americans have a rich cultural history and legacy. This is important because cultural outlets like schools and the nightly news do not often discuss African culture. It is dissapointing that the newly created names don't include any explanation about their origin or information about others who have had them. A book that picked up where this one left off and did that is: The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names by Linda Wolfe Keister. I also recommend that one. Overall this is a very good resource!
It's also a little outdated. Khalid Muhammad is listed as a national representative of the Nation of Islam and anyone who's up on current events knows that that fact is no longer true.